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I'm trying to upgrade an XP machine to Windows 10, but I cannot get it to boot from DVD or USB flash drive. I formatted the old HDD, and, with Windows 10 in, I just keep getting a "cannot boot from DVD" error 5, but when I put an XP disc in, it has no problem installing XP again. With the USB, I get to "Searching for boot record from USB RMD-FDD..OK", and then it just stops there.

I followed the MS instructions to do both DVD and USB versions. How can I determine what is going wrong, and fix it?

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    does the pc meet the minimum requirements for installing windows 10? – Lynob Oct 7 '16 at 14:57
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  • I've run the win 7 upgrade tool and says all ok.. basics are: 2.4G celeron 2Gb Ram AsRock mobo.. – Dave Oct 10 '16 at 10:41
  • Possible duplicate? Tried the way shown on there using the imgburn.. still no joy now when i try booting with DVD i get: searching for boot record from CDROM..OK CDBOOT: Couldn't find NTLDR.. then boots into the xp version already on the drive – Dave Oct 10 '16 at 10:46
  • I don't think this is a duplicate, the installation process for W7 is not the same as W10 and the same solution may not work on W10. – Jon Oct 12 '16 at 7:51
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You could try to download iso image file to in-place upgrade Windows

From official website, using media creation tool to download iso file, or just use this tool to create your USB bootable drive.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10

One more thing, please remove all external drive and close security software during upgrade.

  • Maybe the PC does not meet the minimum requirements for windows 10 – Sam May 3 '17 at 9:16
  • @Sam, that cannot interfere with the initial boot process. – Overmind May 3 '17 at 9:22
  • It might be incompatibility of motherboard with the DVD boot sector used by Microsoft in Windows 10 installation DVD. – Sam May 3 '17 at 9:31
  • Origami, thanks for that, but tried all the microsoft routes i can understand..Also there are no external drives and as it's on a formatted HDD, there's no security software on it. – Dave May 4 '17 at 17:20
  • Sam, did all the tests with the online tool checker for win 7 and was ok. Mobo and DVD worked with XP.. But did read somewhere that the AS Rock mobo was a bit iffy. The PC is still waiting for me to sort it as it's my mums. – Dave May 4 '17 at 17:26

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